Looking Back on a Great Year of Travel

2015 was another great year of travel!

We’re lucky to live in Oregon, a state with incredible natural beauty, and we took advantage of it this year! We took several trips to the Oregon coast, and it was even sunny a few times. We also played in the Mt. Hood National Forest, hiking to Little Zigzag Falls and camping at Lost Lake (where Jeff saw his first ever salamander in the wild, if you can believe that!). We hiked on the Eagle Creek trail in the Columbia Gorge with family in the summer, and got soaked in the crazy December rain exploring the waterfalls on the historic Columbia River Highway.

We snuck in a trip or two outside of Oregon, too. Jeff went to Illinois to see his beloved Cubbies in Wrigleyville in one of their best seasons in our lifetime and to help his parents move. He listened to band after band at Milwaukee’s famed Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival, and hiked 16 miles in the Virgin River on a backpacking trip to Zion National Park.

Erin went to Victoria, BC with her mom and sister for a girls getaway and found the world’s largest gavel with one of her brothers in Columbus, Ohio. A little quirky, yes, but it was there, she was there, it had to be done. Luckily, the federal agents were very nice when they asked the two of them to leave. True story!

Together we traveled to Patagonia, Arizona to do some birding, to Palm Springs to see Erin’s folks in the spring, to Florida to visit Jeff’s folks on the Gulf Coast a couple times, and we got to take our niece on her 13th birthday trip to the national park of her choice — genius that she is, she chose the Virgin Islands National Park. We roughed it in a cabin on the beach at Cinnamon Bay Campground.

We feel so lucky to have been able to enjoy so many places this year. We hope you were able to travel yourselves or at least enjoy some of our travels vicariously.  Let us know about a favorite 2015 trip in the comments. Enjoy your next travel adventure, whether it’s for a week or a weekend, and we’ll see you next year!

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